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I be new, so thank you for the add. I try to be my nicest....just got several old french harps at an estate sale and, well like guitars, I going to keep collecting till i find one i can play. live in east texas usa.
The best repairman is Mike "Fathead": Easton, at: www.harmonicarepair.com/Fathead_Musical_Instruments/Home.html
Combs (not wood) can be had from: builderofstuff.com/270combs.html
My first 64 was repaired by Mike Easton and it's a dream to play. Send him an e-mail and he will discuss his schedule and basic costs. He also does custom work and has serviced the industry for a long time. One of the VERY best!
Be Blues...And Jazz,
Suave Blues Man
As a hobby woodworker and model builder, I can tell you that CA (the popular shorthand for cyanoacrylate) glue can be used in more ways than most people imagine.
As a model builder, I use it as a seam and gap filler on plastic models. In this application, it may be combined with baking soda or "microballoons" to form a hard, sandable filler. CA is applied to the seam, and then filler is gently added to the CA by blowing it or dropping it by rolling a small amount of filler between the thumb and forefinger. This can be done repeatedly until the area is sufficiently built up. It can then be sanded smooth and can even be polished to a shine. This has gained popularity with model builders as the CA based filler will not shrink like common lacquer based fillers.
CA can be used as a wood finish. I have made wooden pens on a lathe. When the final shape is achieved, the pen barrel (while still on the lathe) is saturated with CA. After a few minutes, the lathe is brought up to speed and the surface can be polished by the application of increasingly finer grades of sandpaper . The advantage of CA being that it provides a polishable surface in a much shorter time period than if some other form of finish had been applied.
As a wood filler, CA can be used in a manner similar to my description of it's use as a seam and gap filler for models. However, rather than using baking soda or microballoons, the CA may be combined with sawdust. Same idea: apply CA to the area in question and carefully add in a small amount of sawdust. The resultant material is a wood composite that is very strong and may be carved or sanded. I actually used this to fill in a small void on a rosewood harmonica comb. I keep little scraps of exotic wood so that I can color match repairs (ie, to fill a rosewood comb, I used a bit of "African Green Heart" by sanding down a small piece of Green Heart to provide a fine, dark brown sawdust).
And a little hint: CA needs a bit of moisture to cure so breathe on the area being repaired or, for larger areas, dab it with a slightly damp cloth.
I'll further add that under NO circumstances that I would scrap a wooden comb because of a crack, break or oversize hole. Anything wooden can be repaired. There are a great variety of adhesives available today. CA is just one. We know about epoxy. There are also polyurethanes that expand into cracks and are entirely waterproof when cured. ANY wood or composite comb is repairable.
I would think that when the comb dried out the crack would be back??
I now have a 270 in G with a cracked comb and other problems. I also have a 270 in C that is in good shape. If I was skilled, knowldegeable, and adept, I would take the G reed plates and put then on the comb from the C. I have 4 C chromatics and would like to have a G. I think the plates are nailed on the comb, but don't know for sure. I may see if I can find some little wood screws and try to put those G plates on.
I know this sounds counterintuitive as to what we have always thought to be a no-no, but Richard Sleigh sent me one of his emails a couple years back in which he claims to having success with cracked combs on chromatics by using water to make the comb swell, and by doing so close the crack. I can't go into detail because it didn't really concern me at the time, but the concept seems plausible.
I could have used that tip a few years ago. I had a Hohner 270 with a cracked comb and that would have worked great!
I came across a Marine Band 1896 comb that I had drilled, sanded, and finished. On close examination it appeared that I had drilled too much material out near the second tine, so much so that I feared I had compromised the structural integrity and would surely have a break there.
I didn't want to junk the comb, I remembered a fix a luthier showed me, mixing *Super Glue and denatured alcohol together to form a paste. I saw him use it to repair a nut, and realized how hard this stuff sets to. I used it to fill the hole I had drilled in my comb. I gave it 24 hours to completely cure, (1 hour would probably been fine) wow this stuff is hard, I can drill it, sand it, and maybe even tap it. I doubt it will take stain after it cures, but could probably be colored while still wet, it dries naturally to white.
Just a tip, it isn't new, but worth passing on, as far as I can tell this stuff will bond to any thing *Super Glue will.
*Super Glue-any cyanoacrylate type adhesive, I used Krazy glue.
Lucky lucky lucky!!!! Of all harmonicas to have someone give you; you score a 64! Lucky lucky lucky!!!!
Or you can build one yourself, condenser mic elements are about $8 at Radio Shack. schematics are all over the internet, and YouTube.
How good it is to have vendors that have become friends over the years. I bought my first harmonica
from a family run music store in my area of Florida 45 years ago, and have remained a loyal customer
for many years. Yesterday a good friend who has worked for the stores for years called and told me a
man bought in some instruments that had belonged to his father. Some could be sold for consignment,
however, a used Hohner 64 Chromonica could not (health laws forbid). So my buddy Joe Gavin gave it
to me! I have two 64's in a drawer in bad need of TLC and had been looking for a chromatic repair, so to
get an almost new 64 is a God send. It is an older model with the burled wood case, in beautiful condition.
The owners son said his father bought it and played it a couple times and it has been in a drawer for years.
It plays great, no sticking/rattling windsavers, the slider shuttle works fine, and hasn't been played enough
to be out of tune anywhere.
"Nobody Knows When Their Lucky Day Is"
I have a little finger mic that friend made for me. I attach it to my ring finger with a rubber band. I haven't used it for some time. I'll see if I can find it and see what it is.
That's not it but I'll try to find it and post his new harmonica using it.
Thanks for the link swapan.
I will look into it......
Yah....Marcy, that you are right. But, recently I downloaded two high quality karaoke tracks of Indian songs. It's not yet tested whether these tracks can be used for recording or not, but after several times playing with these tracks, I'm sure these tracks are very much fit for practice and public performance.
I've never tried removing vocals from a track with Audacity. I don't really see how it could be possible. Maybe the program is able to isolate some of the vocals and remove them to give you a track to practice along with, but I don't think you could get a professional accompaniment track this way. I don't think professional recording software that costs in the hundreds of dollars could do that either. As free software though, Audacity does really cool things.